Dear Alison Mckane( the council monitoring officer)

West Bury made this Freedom of Information request to Lambeth Borough Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was refused by Lambeth Borough Council.

Dear Alison Mckane( the council monitoring officer,

Could you please provide contracts between Lambeth and Tibbalds led by Hilry Stachwell in relation to Westbury estate.

Yours faithfully,

West Bury

Dear Sir/Madam 
Thank you for your request for information received on 21 March 2018.

This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


Could you please provide all pertinent and relevant financial and contractual agreements, relating to the homes demolition and construction at westbury estate Sw8 ?


I can confirm that we have reviewed your request but consider that to comply with the request would exceed the cost/time limit specified by s12 FOIA.

Section 12 (cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit)

12. — (1) Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

In this instance, we have decided that the process of determining whether the information is held will exceed the Appropriate Limit as provided by The Freedom of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

The Appropriate Limit applies to costs/time the Council reasonably expects to use in carrying out the following activities to comply with your request:

Determine whether the information is held
Locating the information or documents containing the information
Retrieving such information or documents
Extracting the information from the document

The Appropriate Limit is currently set at £450 which is the equivalent to 18 hours of work at £25 per hour.

The project has been ongoing for over 4 years with well in excess of 40 financial statements, contracts, agreements, and invoices processed.  Recovering, reviewing, and processing these documents would take approximately 30 minutes each and therefore a minimum of 20 hours.

In addition to this, these documents would also require the redaction of sensitive commercial information which we estimate would take a number of weeks to complete, and therefore the task would be onerous in terms of justifiable use of Council resources.

The Appropriate Limit threshold has therefore been exceeded without factoring in the additional time to extract structure charts and check job description evaluation dates.

In accordance with Section 17 FOIA this correspondence represents a Refusal Notice for this request.

Advice and assistance

In accordance with Section 16 (providing advice and assistance) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I can further advise in order to fall within the appropriate limit you may wish to narrow down the focus of your request.

Right to review

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request has been dealt with you can request an internal review. Tell us why you are unhappy with our response within 40 working days, and we will consider if the response was responded to correctly. We will aim to provide you with our review response within 20 working days. Please email [email address]
 Thank you for your interest in Lambeth Council
‎ Yours faithfully

FOI team
London Borough of Lambeth 
Corporate Complaints Unit
P.O. Box 734
S023 5DG

Lambeth - a Co-operative Council

Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Please respond to the over due request.

Yours faithfully,


Shields,Jane, Lambeth Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

I write in connection with this request

Please note that in order to process a request under the Freedom of      
Information Act; we require a full name in accordance with Section 8  
of the Act

Please see ICO Guidance for further details


We refer to paragraph 25 of the above guidance:

Any variation of the requester’s title or first name combined with   
their   surname (e.g. Mr Smith or John Smith) will be sufficient to meet  
this requirement. However, a first name or surname provided in isolation, 
or  a set of initials, will not

We therefore do not consider this request to be valid at this stage;      
should you wish to provide us with your full name as above then we will   
be happy to process the request.

Kind regards


Jane Shields LLB LLM

Policy & Communications Manager

(FOI Co-ordinator)

Corporate Complaints Unit

P.O. Box 734


S023 5DG


London Borough of Lambeth


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